Large drop in new DCS COVID-19 cases

Photo: Horn Lake High School had the most new COVID-19 cases last week with just three. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

New COVID-19 case numbers in the DeSoto County School District continued its free fall this past week, as the state’s largest school district had only 20 new cases reported during the week ending Friday Feb. 18. 

To be considered, however, is that the school district had only a four-day week for classes, as Friday was a day off for students with a professional development in-service day for teachers.  

A similar situation will develop when this week’s numbers are announced next Monday because this past Monday was a holiday for President’s Day.  

Still the number of 20 new cases is a significant drop from the previous week’s 71 new cases at its attendance centers and 178 the week before.  

There were just 10 new quarantines among DCS students last week, a drop from 16 the week before and 100 the week before that.  

Horn Lake High School had the most new cases reported last week with three and there were two each at Center Hill High and Shadow Oaks Elementary schools.

At Hope Sullivan Elementary school, there were four new quarantines and DeSoto Central High School had three.  

This week’s update, delayed one day due to the President’s Day holiday, showed four staff members reporting a positive COVID-19 test. 

The complete report is shown below.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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